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September 6, 2004
Trans-Canada Highway project cleared for New Brunswick DOT following EA process
OTTAWA, ONT-A proposal by the New Brunswick Department of Transportation to build a new four-lane section of the Trans-Canada Highway will not be referred to a mediator or review panel under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act. Federal Environment Minister StÈphane Dion has referred the project back to the responsible authorities, Transport Canada, Infrastructure Canada and Fisheries and Oceans Canada, for appropriate action. "I am pleased that, as a result of the environmental assessment process, segments of the highway have been realigned in order to save and protect clusters of rare plants," he said. The 70-kilometre section of divided highway proposed by the provincial department will begin just south of the Trans-Canada Highway/Route 190 interchange in the village of Perth-Andover, continue past River de Chute, Florenceville and Hartland, and end near the intersection of the Trans-Canada Highway/Route 550 (Connell Road) in the town of Woodstock. The project will be funded under the Canadian Strategic Infrastructure Fund program.